Every year Scouts from the Polaris District gather together at Camporee to compete with each other, meet other Scouts within the district, and, most importantly, show their Scout Spirit.
You are invited to Chesebrough, a small wooded township located not far from Charring Cross and London’s West End, for a weekend to display your Scout skills in a number of activities and events in order to help Holmes solve a new mystery.
Don’t forget to pre-register by the March 15th deadline! Although you can still register after March 15th, if your Troop pre-registers you will pay the lower fee, be guaranteed this year’s patches, and receive bonus points at Camporee.
This year’s Camporee will be held at Camp Chesebrough. Troops’ individual campsites will be assigned when they arrive Saturday morning.
All Scouts are expected to arrive in full CLEAN Scout uniform. There will be a uniform inspection at check-in. The uniform inspection will follow the standard BSA uniform guidelines, available at http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34283.pdf
Parking space is very limited. Please carpool and arrive early! Parking permits will be issued based on number of Patrols registered as of March 15th. One (1) car per registered patrol is allowed. Additional cars are permitted for drop off and pickup only; any cars remaining after 11:00 AM without a permit will be charged against the Patrol and/or Troop’s point total.
The campfire will be performed mostly by the Troops with staff supervision. Performance auditions will be held throughout the day. However, only a limited number of skits or songs will be selected for the campfire, so bring your best! Skits or songs involving audience participation are encouraged. Points will be awarded for participating in the auditions. Extra points will be awarded if a Patrol is chosen to perform in the campfire or if a performance is given by two Patrols from different Troops. Points will be subtracted if the performance given is substantially different than auditioned.
Order of the Arrow Tap-Out
All candidates chosen by their Troops as eligible for the Order of the Arrow will be recognized in a tap-out ceremony at the end of the campfire.
ALL aspects of the Troop and Patrol’s participation during the ENTIRE camporee will be considered to determine their final score. Events will be worth the most, but completion, spirit and leadership/teamwork will be considered. Additional points may be given for exemplary conduct, and points will be subtracted for “un-Scout-like” behavior. Scoring criteria will be available March 12th.
Don’t forget to keep your campsite clean! Staff will make rounds inspecting campsites during afternoon competitions. The Inspection guidelines will be distributed March 12th.
Full Scout uniform is required at check-in, morning and evening flag ceremonies, and Scout’s Own Sunday morning. Scouts should wear activity uniforms any other time. Costuming is encouraged, but does not replace the uniform at check-in, flags and Scout’s Own. Remember that no weapons, real, simulated, or otherwise will be permitted. Since this will be a friendly competition, leave your weapons at your flat.
At the end of the camporee, the top Patrols will receive Presidential ribbons. Second and Third Place ribbons will also be given out. The Silver Axe Award will be presented to the top-scoring Troop. The Bronze Hatchet Award will be presented to the Troop that best recreates this year’s theme.
Scoring will attempt to balance such concerns as age of Scouts, Troop size, number of Patrols per Troop, etc., while still rewarding Scouts for Scouting Skills and ability. Scoring guidelines will be distributed March 12th.
Patches and T-shirts
Please pre-register by the deadline! Not only is it less expensive, but also you will be guaranteed this year’s camporee patches and t-shirts. We will order t-shirts based on the orders we receive by March 15th. All t-shirts will be pre-ordered, so be sure to complete the registration form with sizes and quantities.
Pack your backpacks with everything you would bring on an ordinary campout. None of the meals will be provided, so be prepared. Remember you may need to carry your gear a significant way, since cars will not be allowed out of the parking areas. If you have a specific concern, please contact David McLellan or Aaron Aquino.
Medical Consent Forms and Tour Permits
Scoutmasters MUST bring medical consent forms (Part A and B) for all participating Scouts. A tour plan is recommended, but not required (Council activity). Scouts without medical forms will not be able to participate.
Webelos and Cub Scouts
Per National BSA policy, Webelos and other Cub Scouts are not permitted at Camporee, since there are no Webelos/Cub Scout activities. All participants must be registered as Boy Scouts. Webelos who have “Bridged” are of course welcome as members of their Troop.
For the entire weekend to run smoothly, many experienced Scouts are needed to staff the camporee. Each Troop MUST provide at least one staff member per Patrol attending. Staff members must be part of the Order of the Arrow. All Arrowmen who want to staff MUST attend the monthly OA meetings to help plan for the event. If you have any concerns or if there is a problem sending enough staff for your Troop, please contact David McLellan or Aaron Aquino. Points will be subtracted for insufficient staff representation, and additional points will be awarded for additional staff provided.
Venturing Units are invited to participate. Please contact David McLellan or Aaron Aquino if your Venturing Unit is interested in attending.
For those who are hungry, the Trading Post will be open during non-mealtime hours and will sell basic necessities such as: deerstalker hats, magnifying glasses, trench coats, assorted candy, snacks, drinks, and camporee patches from previous years. All items are guaranteed to be overpriced: Britain, like any other Allied nation, is trying to save resources to send to the troops fighting in the Great War.
Patrols are encouraged to compete in as many events as they can. All events will be counted towards their final score. Details of scoring for each event will be released March 12th, 2013.
Here is a list of the current events (they are subject to change and more will be added):
Although the killer tried to cover his tracks, he left a few eyewitnesses alive. Tend to their injuries using your first-aid skills and learn what each person saw.
The victim’s reclusive colleague is willing to talk but only after you provide him with an entertaining skit. Give a stellar performance to hear what he has to say.
At the scene of the crime you find yourselves trapped in a maze of ropes. Find a way to escape so you can sweep the area for clues.
You’re hot on the trail of the killer, but you still need to talk to more people and obtain more clues. Use your orienteering skills to navigate the trails and off-roads of Chesebrough.
What may first look like a pile of junk pulled from the landfill may actually hold some valuable information about the identity of the killer. Work as a patrol to analyze the clutter and separate the rubbish from the clues.
Additional Events and scoring guidelines will be announced on March 12, 2013.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Lowaneu Allanque Chapter Program Vice-Chief Aaron Aquino
Lowaneu Allanque Chapter Chief David McLellan
Lowaneu Allanque Chapter Advisor John Lucas
Phone: (408) 446-3396